Saturday, September 13, 2014

Intrepid or bat crap crazy?

I tried a few things to piece together the squares for the curtain but I didn't really like the look of any of them. 

So I went back to the book and found this edging:
I measured it out and it will fit the width perfectly and accommodate the squares. But it also means doing this:
All except the top row. I won't need that but it still means 26 repeats. You can see I've already completed almost 6 of them so they go quickly. 

The answer to the question has yet to be determined. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two fer

What do you think looking at this skein of yarn?  That it must be 2 skeins hanging together?

You would think so but, no, it's one skein spun on the same spindle from what (I thought) was the same bunch of fiber. I decided to do a Navajo ply which means that it was plied on itself in order.   After I washed it and let it dry, I couldn't figure out why it was all wonky. Until I cut a couple if the ties, that is. 

Evidently I used 2 different bumps of fiber because in one skein of yarn, I managed to get 2 very distinct and very different skins of yarn. One is a very smooth, very sproingy yarn. Lots of bounce. 

And the other is a soft, halo-y yarn with almost no bounce. 

I thought I was spinning a cashmere/merino blend (which is the second one) but evidently I was also spinning a merino/merino blend. That would be the first one. 

So my question is, should I divide them when I wind them and use them separately or should I wind them together and see comes out in the end?  I was thinking about dying them (for which I would keep them together). Or I could add them to my white on white project (in which case I would probably separate them). Hummm...

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Third one?  Check. 

It's amazing how much I can get done when I don't have to go to that other place. 
I've now got all 3 motifs bordered and ready to lay out for joining. Once I see how much filler I need to make, I'll decide but I'm pretty sure what I plan to do so watch this space. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Yellow rose

Went outside to take the trash out this morning and saw a beautiful bloom on my yellow rose bush. I planted it specially so it's lovely to see it blooming. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Step Two

I've gone back and forth on how I might fill in the blanks to form the bobbin lace medallions into the little curtain for the transom. 

I thought about doing needle lace or Irish crochet but then I found this border pattern. 

There will still need to be a filler on top and bottom. Crochet? Bobbin lace?  Tatting?  Decisions, decisions.